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2002 Ford Explorer stuck in Park

My 2002 Ford explorer is stuck in park, I can not even switch it to nuetral. My alternator went out on me, I changed the alternator, my battery is a couple of months old and charged, and I checked the solenoid, and the positive and negative wires that lead to the starter, and now I don't know what to do.

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I had the same problem. On mine it was the brake pedal switch/sensor. Try using the override button. Your manual should have a section on this. There is a sliding panel under the steering wheel cover about 1-1 1/2 inch wide, access the small hole it covers. Use a thin screwdriver, pencil, lollipop stick to depress the button. If this is the problem, you should be able to move the gear lever now.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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I had this happen on my 03 Explorer. It was a broken wire on the electrical connector that attaches to the brake switch. Very difficult to see. With a test light, confirm that you have 12 volts on one of the wires. If you do, short the two wires together. Check to see if you have brake lights, then start the truck to see if it solved the problem. If that worked, chances are you will need to clean or replace the brake switch. Also, there is an emergency bypass on the bottom of the steering column that you rotate counterclockwise to allow you to put a screw driver into it. With the vehicle running, and your foot on the brake, gently push a screw driver into the opening and move your shifter. At least you will be able to drive it home/to the shop. You will not have any brake lights until it's repaired. I simply spliced a new chunk of wire to the connector and am still running it. Good luck. Tracing electrical problems is the toughest part of any repair.

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SOURCE: 1999 ford explorer-Solenoid switch location?

solenoid switch is on top of starter . thare is also a starter relay in the fuse box under the hood . find this relay and see if it clicks when the key is turned over.get someone to turn key while you put your finger on the relay if its clicking then the starter solenoid is bad,some of thesesolenoids must be replaced with the starter.

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SOURCE: The gear shift is stuck in park. The wheel moves

Make sure you have brake lamps. The shift interlock solenoid is powered by the brake lamp switch.

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SOURCE: 2002 ford explorer wont start even after new battery...

Before you go changing out the starter check for a burnt out fusible link going to the starter it will look like a wire but acts as a fuse and they burn in two just like a fuse. The symptoms you just describe are those of a burnt fusible link.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010

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